October 2023 pictorial newsletter. We started the month off with donating some roofing sheets to finish the Keela school teachers housing. We then had a beautiful encounter with a big leopard tortoise. On the same boat/game drive we also came across a lesser jacana, which is only the second in ten years – incredible! That same trip netted us some comedy wildlife moments with a kuku picking his nose and a reedbuck pretending to be a cat!

We then had a videographer (Matt Blair) in camp shooting on assignment for African Parks and part of that was filming guest activity. So Francisca and Frank played guests. I couldn’t resist taking the opportunity of guiding Matt to shoot some stills as well. Then the next day we got a radio call from guide David Chirwa – he was on a sighting of five cheetah! Absolutely perfect timing.

After that it was more movie making with canoe guests Sam and Bo from our technical staff. Then we had an intense marketing trip to Livingstone with Africa’s Eden. I came back to see Chrispen deliver a whole pack of leopards to the curio shop as well as the re-roofing projects we are doing. Oh, and the first really dramatic stormy sky pictures of the season.

The month’s astro pictures are the Fornax galaxy cluster (58 galaxies a staggering 62 million light years away), the seven sisters (pleiades) and Orion the great hunter rising over the miombo woodland.

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